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STORY BY ZACH MONTELLARO

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Published on November 20, 2020 9:34 PM

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Georgia certifies Biden's win
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified election results Friday that formally declared President-elect Joe Biden as the winner in the state.

Biden won the state by more than 12,000 votes. President Donald Trump's campaign is still entitled to request a recount, because of the narrowness of the result.

"Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don't lie," Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a brief press conference earlier Friday morning. "The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state's office, or of courts, or of either campaigns."

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who is also a Republican, certified the state's Electoral College electors on Friday, about an hour after Raffensperger certified the results. But he took steps in his remarks to align himself with Trump and avoid the criticism that Raffensperger has gotten from other Republicans in recent weeks.

"Earlier today, Secretary Raffensperger presented the certified results of the 2020 general election to my office," Kemp said in a brief announcement Friday evening, after which a spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press that Kemp certified the presidential electors. "State law now requires the governor's office to formalize the certification, which paves the way for the Trump campaign to peruse other legal options and a separate recount if they choose."

Kemp, a former Georgia secretary of state himself, called for Raffensperger to conduct a "sample audit of signatures" on absentee ballot envelopes, after prominent Republicans, including the president, have complained about the signature-matching process in the state. Those signatures were ...